There’s a joke that goes “what did the Artist (or Philosopher) say to the engineer? ‘you want fries with that?’”
Everyone thinks art and philosophy are useless or can’t get you good money. of course, as I understand it, the biggest employer of both artists and philosophers was the Church. Now that the Church isn’t the biggest boy in town anymore, all the philosophers and artists are seen as throwing their lives away, and I think that’s sad. The hellhole that current art and philosophy are mired in is also a consequence of rejecting the Church. Art isn’t beautiful anymore, and philosophy isn’t wise.
Also, what ever happened to beautiful buildings. I don’t just mean churches. Big public buildings used to have lots of little flourishes and aesthetic touches: a pattern on the floor, artistic facade, coffered ceiling, rotunda, or whatever. The older buildings at Texas A&M are like that. The Chemistry and Animal Industries buildings in particular, but all the buildings built in the last 50 years or so aren’t just ugly, they’re downright fugly; not at all inspiring.
Of course, we all know that churches have suffered the most, as beauty is an essential element of the architecture.